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Photojournalism, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
, KY,
Do you enjoy telling stories about people? Are you interested in using your skills as a photojournalist to make a difference in your community? Then Western Kentucky University's Photojournalism program may be the right place for you.

About

We appreciate your interest in our program that has produced students who have jobs across the country, from small-town communities to metropolitan newspapers. Our students have won the William Randolph Hearst national photojournalism championship 19 out of 21 years and win numerous awards every year in the College Photographer of the Year national competition. 

Our graduates have covered international events in Afghanistan, Iraq, Taiwan, Haiti and other locations. Five of our graduates from three different newspapers (The New York Times, the Rocky Mountain News and the Dallas Morning News) have been a part of winning the Pulitzer Prize in the last several years. Rick Loomis, a graduate who works for the Los Angeles Times, was named the National Press Photographers Association Photographer of the year for 2003.

Ours is a documentary photography major, with a curriculum designed to prepare students to produce content-driven images for paper and electronic publications. Four faculty and one staff, all of whom spent several years working in the photojournalism field (and continue to do so) serve as mentors to students to help develop their photography, writing, design and multimedia skills.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • Understanding Media Content, Ethics and Technology
  • Media Content, Collaboration and Community
  • Digital Storytelling for the 21st Century
  • Introduction to Media Writing
  • Introduction to Photojournalism
  • Intermediate Photojournalism 
One of the following two law classes:
  • Press Law & Ethics
  • Mass Communication Law & Ethics 
  • Intermediate Reporting
  • Multimedia Storytelling 
  • Lighting Technologies 
  • Picture Stories
  • Short Form Documentary
  • Photojournalism Projects
For more information, please check the program website.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    71

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  • Minimum required score:

    525

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  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    52

    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

INTERNATIONAL ADMISSION CHECKLIST:

  • A completed application (open WKU application for admission)
  • $75 non-refundable application fee
  • Official Academic Records from schools attended with grades and any degrees/diplomas/certificates received.  Should also include a literal English translation.
  • Proof of English Proficiency
  • Financial Evidence of Support
  • Students transferring from within the US will need to fill out the Transfer-In Form
  • All necessary documents, including academic records, and proof of English language proficiency, must be received before an admission decision can be made.

International students must also provide financial evidence of support in order to obtain an I-20.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    27144 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13572 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National Applies to you

    26496 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13248 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State Applies to you

    10602 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5301 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Bowling Green

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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